Another good reason for annual services and regular leak checks

Another good reason for annual services and regular leak checks – Staycool Refrigeration Services can help you keep your F-gas register up to date. Recent news that a company has been fined £3,000 by the Environment Agency for breaching the F-Gas regulations has been widely welcomed by the building engineering services sector. Schneider Electric did not recover 15kg of sulphur hexaflouride (SF6) when it’s employees were working on a high-voltage switchgear at a site t London Gateway Port in Essex. Schneider Electric was also ordered to pay £18,368 in costs. The prosection. led by EA’s Rooma Horeesorun, highlighted the “highly potent” nature of SF6 and the fact that it will remain in the atmosphere for ‘generations’. Horeesorun pointed out that the amount of SF6 leaked would have the same effect as ‘flying  a 737 jet airliner from Heathrow to Sydney, Australia, and back three times over.’ ​SF6 has the highest global warming potential (GWP) of all gases covered under the F-Gas regulations. In fact, 1kg of SF6 is equivalent to an emission of 22,800 kg of CO2. ​ “It is always disappointing to hear of any incidence of environmentally harmful gas being released to atmosphere,” commented Tim Rook, technical director of the Building Engineering Services Association (the BESA). “Our industry has made real progress in managing recovery and reclamation of f-gases in recent years, thanks to initiatives such as Refcom, the mandatory refrigerant handling certification scheme. “This episode reminds us of the importance of remaining vigilant, and it is reassuring to see that the government agency charged with enforcing the F-Gas Regulations is able to follow up reports of...

Did some body say cheap heat ..!!

Did some body say cheap heat ..!! (Writen by Ian Fisher) Hot water filled radiators, gas central heating. A thing of the past! As an engineer and company director I have been waiting for the time when people will actually start to see how benificial and cost effective the simple air conditioning system has become. We take forgranted the gas fired burners that heat our radiators and seem to take ages to warm up. Not with an A/C unit! Switch on and instant heat or instant cooling at the flick of a switch. Please take a look at this blog that Ian Fisher has thankfully save me the time in doing, and see for yourself. I can hosestly say i back his words 100%. Please feel free to conctact us for more details and prices on how to convert your home. I have been meaning to do this blog for a while now, especially before the data gets to old. To set the scene In September 2014 my old trusty gas central heating system was on its last legs, I decided to act before winter and replace before it breaks. I received quotes between 4k & 6K for a new gas central heating system. Now I have always bleated on about the fact that air conditioning is really good at heating, in fact it’s excellent, and also that no one really seems to stress this point, so I though what the hell, I’m an air conditioning engineer, practice what you preach and do it yourself Ian, so I did, and installed air conditioning in my home as the primary...

Worker dies in ammonia refrigeration leak

USA: A worker died at a massive ammonia leak from a refrigeration system in a Boston seafood processing warehouse yesterday evening. Reports say the male worker was found in a stairwell at the Stavis Seafood plant in Channel Street, in the Seaport district of South Boston, after firefighters responded to an emergency call at 5.55pm local time. Around 5,300lb (2,400kg) of ammonia was released before the main valve was shut off by the Boston Fire Department Hazmat response team at around 9.20pm. It was reported that there were about five or six people in the facility at the time of the leak, which occurred at the end of a shift. Boston Police closed several roads in the area, told local business workers to stay inside and asked pedestrians and motorists to avoid the scene. The worker has not yet been named and an investigation behind what caused the leak is being conducted by fire investigators, Boston police and the Suffolk District Attorney’s office. Established in 1929, Stavis Seafoods has been previously cited for safety violations involving the ammonia refrigeration system at the Channel Street plant. In 2009, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed over $47,000 for 15 alleged serious violations of safety and health standards at the plant. The 15 violations were later reduced to six, and the penalty was dropped to...

A-Gas launch a new mobile friendly website for engineers

 A Gas Makes Finding Refrigerant Data Easier on New UK Website ​Refrigerant experts, A Gas, have a new website which will help engineers find refrigerant data more easily. A Gas Group Brand and Marketing Manager, Hayley Russell said: “The new UK site has a supplier link for all refrigerants which allows engineers on the road to find their local A-Gas supplier quickly and easily. It’s very user friendly and distributors can login directly to their own online portal to assist with the task of cylinder fleet management. “The new UK website directly links to a system supplying Material Safety Data Sheets for all our products. In addition to this, our resource centre also allows users to download best practice guidance for cylinder storage and handling – and pressure temperature charts for our refrigerants – making them more accessible for engineers on the road.” ​ Regulatory information has its own zone on the website too to help engineers keep up to date with refrigerant law, as well as health and safety...